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NCAA 2019 Level 1 Football Insights: North Texas Mean Green

North Texas Mean Green
Location: Denton, TX
Coach: Seth Littrell (23-17 @ UNT & Global) 3rd sfavorite at UNT
Stadium: Apogee Stadium (Capacity 30 850)

CSJ Projections:
7th: C-USA (3rd C-USA West)
9th: Texas
97th: FBS
34th: Group of Five
120th: Division I

2018 in a sentence: UNT finished the 9-4 season (5-3 C-USA) to tie for third place in the West Division and was invited to the New Mexico Bowl where he lost to Utah State. .

The biggest shoes to fill: LB E.J. Ejiya Denton leaves second in the history of the program in career pads for loss (40.5) and is responsible for the platelet program against a season for loss (25.0 in 2018). In 2018, he was part of the first All-Conference USA team and led the team in tackles with 121 (60 solo) with senior team defeats against defeat – his 25.0 fourth in the nation. Last spring, he signed a free trade agreement with the NFL Baltimore Ravens.

Key player: QB Mason Fine is a legitimate candidate for the Heisman Trophy. The eldest is the active NCAA leader in career passing yards with 9,417, and has 64 career touchdowns and 13 300-yard touchdowns to his credit. The key for him will be how he can handle the young offensive line in front of him to see numbers similar to those of the last two years.

FPrediction without ears: With one of the country's most productive quarters in the lead, North Texas should compete for the C-USA title. However, the performance of this year's team will depend on coach Seth Littrell develops a young offensive line and resists the loss of several leading defenders. Expect a slight dive in the standings, but still with Fine at the helm, this team will still go bowling.

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About the author

Kent Schmidt

A native of LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1996. His writing experience is over 15 years and has worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to University Sports Journal in 2016. It focuses primarily on college football in the western half of the United States – the Big Sky Conference and the Missouri Valley Football Conference within Division I FCS. And in 2017, he also began looking at the five FBS group conferences on American Athletic, United States, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt.

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